This Movie Lover Turned His Little Free Library Into a Mini Blockbuster

published Jan 11, 2023
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Even though sometimes it may feel like physical media has fallen by the wayside amid the move to digital and streaming everything, there’s still something to be said for making it a Blockbuster night. One Twitter user is so devoted to the now-defunct rental chain, he created a Blockbuster version of a Little Free Library, and you can even join in on the fun, too.

Comedy writer Ryan P recently took to Twitter to share a photo of the Christmas gift he received from his wife, who turned a Little Free Library into a mini Blockbuster store, complete with the chain’s signature blue and yellow design scheme. “My lovely wife made me a @FREEBL0CKBUSTER library for Christmas,” he wrote. “Finally got to install it. Now my dreams of running my own video store are complete.”

His library is stacked with a slew of DVDs, all of which are free for passersby to borrow or take, as well as add any they’re willing to part with, as is the spirit of Little Free Libraries. The concept was developed back in 2009 when a Wisconsin resident wanted to pay tribute to his late mother, a teacher and bookworm, by creating a model schoolhouse filled with books for his neighbors to freely give and take. There are now more than 150,000 of them in more than 100 countries around the world.

Ryan shared with followers that his wife bought a Little Free Library kit, customizing it and adding Blockbuster-friendly blue paint for full effect. When one person joked, “For authenticity the really popular movie cases should be empty,” he responded, “And all new releases will be out of stock on Friday and Saturday nights.”

If you’re inspired by the couple’s creativity, you can actually create your own Free Blockbuster box. A metal box for your movies and games won’t come cheap (it’s $369), but the project creators encourage interested participants to create their own using a refurbished newspaper box or something similar. Then, you’ll decorate the box using the custom digital assets provided, and you can register your franchise so it will be added to the Free Blockbuster map. The map is where you can find Free Blockbuster locations near you, so you can make it a movie night free of charge. All you’ll need is the popcorn or your other movie snack of choice, and you’re good to go.